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Island students recognized in Duke University's Talent Search

May 16, 2014
Special to the Reporter ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Seven students from The Sanibel School have been recognized as participants in the 2014 Duke University 4-6 Grade Talent Search, part of the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP).

A total of 37 were recognized across the Lee County School District. The island's elementary students included Jack Heidrick, fourth grade; Anna Wells, fourth grade; Anna Willis, fourth grade; Zachary Orsino, fifth grade; Jackson Sprecher, fifth grade; and Sloan Yelenich, fifth grade. Sixth grade student Per Von Wowern was recognized in the middle school category.

Eligibility for participation in the Talent Search is an honor requiring exceptional academic ability. To be eligible to participate in the program, students must meet the following requirements: Be currently enrolled in the fourth, fifth, or sixth grade; have attained qualifying test scores; and have scored in the 95th percentile or higher on a grade-level standardized achievement test, aptitude test, mental-ability test, approved state criterion-referenced test, or 125 or above on an IQ test.

Upon meeting the criteria for qualification and enrolling in the program, students receive access to a variety of benefits designed to enhance their educational experience. Benefits include access to online curriculum lessons in writing, mathematics, science, and architecture; bi-annual issues of the Navigator newsletter and Digest of Gifted Research; access to optional EXPLORE testing; and opportunities for academic year and summer programming through Duke TIP.



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